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/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal">SEATTLE -- A missing necktie led to Carolina quarterback Cam Newton getting benched for one series on Sunday night. 

Nike Air Max Womens Running/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> .Ron Rivera didnt expect it to last just one play. One disastrous play that created a most awkward of beginnings, and defined the Panthers 40-7 blowout loss to the Seattle Seahawks.We didnt lose this game because of a tie, Newton said. It was a lot of execution errors. Including a lot of things where we had our opportunities and we failed at it.The Panthers first offensive play ended up being a pass by Derek Anderson that deflected off Mike Tolberts hands and into the arms of linebacker Mike Morgan, but that play didnt cost Carolina the game. The turnover only led to a field goal for Seattle, but it was the start of an otherwise forgettable performance by the Panthers that provided another blow to the dwindling playoff hopes of the reigning NFC champions.The bigger culprit was the 240 yards rushing allowed by the Panthers defense and Carolinas inability to finish drives in Seattle territory. Thats what turned the seventh meeting in the past five years between the teams into a laugher for the Seahawks.We just didnt give ourselves the chance. Thats the disappointment, Rivera said. We had some opportunities. We missed some plays. Probably the toughest thing is the lack of discipline and being where youre supposed to be.But the flap about the tie and Newtons one-play benching became an overbearing cloud hanging over Carolinas performance.I made the decision not to start him after I learned of the infraction, Rivera said. It was going to be one series. I didnt anticipate the series lasting one play.Newton was punished because he did not have a necktie for the team flight to Seattle. The Panthers spent the past week in the Bay Area following their game at Oakland and made the trip up the West Coast on Friday.Newton said he realized he hadnt packed a shirt and tie just before the buses left to take the team to their flight.We discussed it internally. Me and coach, were on the same page, I feel good about it, Newton said. I wore a similar outfit like this before and nothing was done. But he has rules in place and we have to abide by them and no person is greater than the next person. It is what it is.Some teammates, though, didnt realize the situation until the Panthers took the field and Anderson was calling the first play. Right tackle Trai Turner, playing the position for the first time since high school, said he didnt know what was going on until the opening play.Coach already addressed it. Im not going to talk any more about it, Anderson said. Its over with, we addressed it as a team and were going to move on from it.Newton missed just one play, but was also just 14-of-32 passing for 182 yards and one touchdown. After pulling within 10-7 in the second quarter, Carolina let Seattle score the final 30 points.Newton agreed he believed he was made an example of with the punishment, but did not express disagreement with Riveras decision.I think there was a lack of communication on my part, Newton said. I think I have to be accountable to know certain things.---For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP-NFL Nike Air Max Womens Blue/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal">. The incident occurred at 19:56 of the second period of the Kings 4-2 road win over Edmonton on Sunday. Nolan punched Oilers forward Jesse Joensuu in the jaw in front of the Kings goal during a scrum. Nike Air Max Womens White/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> . Dusautoir, the former World Player of the Year, sustained a torn bicep playing for Toulouse in the Heineken Cup on Saturday. The flanker, who has played 65 times for France, is expected to be out for up to four months. http://www.nikeairmaxwomens.com//>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> .ca NBA Power Rankings, ahead of the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs. JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Watching cornerback Jalen Ramsey knock down a pass in the final minute against Chicago was nothing new for the Jacksonville Jaguars.They see it nearly every Friday -- in walkthrough.Blake Bortles has even stopped throwing Ramseys way during the slow-motion period, tired of Ramsey swatting away ever lob pass in a session designed for completions.I never want to get a ball caught on me wherever, whenever, Ramsey said Monday, a day after a 17-16 victory at the Bears. Like if someone threw a ball right now in the locker room, Id probably try to bat it down. Its just a mindset.It proved to be a winning attitude Sunday.Ramsey made a diving deflection on a fourth-and-10 pass to Alshon Jeffery, a game-sealing play that was the latest and greatest for Jacksonvilles remarkable rookie. Jeffery caught six passes for 90 yards against Ramsey in the first half, but had just one reception for three yards after the break.This is what I asked for, Ramsey said. I wouldnt want it any other way. I want to go up against the best and not only make a name for myself, but I feel like when I go up against the best and I do well, that can help the whole defense.Shutting down a No. 1 threat or a No. 1 option helps other guys make plays.Ramsey, the fifth overall pick in the NFL draft, has quickly become Jacksonvilles top cornerback and could be one of the best in the league by the end of the season. He kept Green Bays Jordy Nelson in check in the season opener. He frustrated Baltimores Steve Smith last month. He held Indianapolis T.Y. Hilton to 42 yards receiving in London earlier this month.And he was at his best in the second half against Jeffery, especially on Chicagos final play.Ramsey remembered what he had heard all week: that the Bears failed to get Jeffery the ball on their final play against the Colts last week. So he figured quarterback Brian Hoyer would be looking for Jeffery this time around.I knew it was coming. I knew they were goiing to Alshon. Nike Air Max Womens On Sale/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal">. Period. I knew it, Ramsey said.They did, and Ramsey was ready. He undercut the dig route, batted the ball away and started Jacksonvilles celebration. It was just the third time in franchise history the Jaguars (2-3) won a game in which they trailed by double digits in the fourth quarter.As great as the final 15 minutes were for Jacksonville, the first three quarters showed the team still has plenty to work on before hosting the Oakland Raiders (4-2) on Sunday:-Bortles, who threw his seventh interception of the season and also fumbled, has to limit turnovers . He also has to find a way to get receiver Allen Robinson and tight end Julius Thomas more involved.-The Jaguars, last in the NFL in rushing, have to do something to improve their ground game .I cant argue with the run game, coach Gus Bradley said. Its not coming along. Some of the same things are popping up. It all comes back to why arent we playing fast? It doesnt look to me that when were out there the offensive line, tight ends and everybody, were executing.It comes down to execution, technique, but theres just not a certain speed or urgency in our play. Whether its too complicated, something is holding us back from playing as aggressively as we need to in the run game. Thats where our attention is now. How do we get this fixed?The Jaguars have made a significant turnaround on the defensive side of the ball, moving from 24th in yards in 2015 to eighth this year.Ramsey, who likely will shadow Amari Cooper this week, has been a big reason for the jump.He doesnt want to lose in checkers, defensive coordinator Todd Wash said. 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/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal">DENVER -- The relationship between Walt Weiss and his general manager deteriorated over the last several months. 

Brad Marchand Bruins Jersey/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> . He and Jeff Bridich certainly see eye-to-eye on this: The Colorado Rockies have quite a few of the pieces in place to be a contender.Next step, finding a new manager.Weiss is out as manager of the Rockies after four seasons. In a statement Monday, the Rockies said Weiss decided to step down.However, he really didnt have a job to come back to because his contract expired after the season finale. Bridich, who took over as GM two years ago, will now get to select his own manager.The Rockies finished 75-87 this season, their best record since 2010.It was time to move on, Bridich said in a conference call. We both put in a lot of work to try to make the relationship work. Im proud of that. It couldve been different when changes were made in the front office two years ago. In our working together and conversations over those 24 months, we decided together that we were going to move forward and make a true effort at continuity, and making this thing work and creating a shared vision. In the end, it did not take place.Bridich said there is no timeline for a replacement. The team plans to interview external candidates as well as internal ones such as Glenallen Hill, who finished up his fourth season as manager of the Rockies Triple-A affiliate.One of the things important to relationships is all parties involved work hard to share a vision in how were going to move this process along, Bridich said. Be the best we can be at the major league level and start to turn ourselves into a playoff-type team. That doesnt happen overnight. Those things happen over time. I think you have to be real realistic about that.Weiss took over a team on Nov. 7, 2012, that was coming off the worst season in franchise history. He was a high school coach at the time with no major league coaching experience. The former big league shortstop learned on the fly and concluded his managerial stint in Colorado with a 283-365 record.In a recent interview with The Associated Press, Weiss said he was pleased with the direction the team was heading.Theres a lot to look forward to here, especially from where we came from, Weiss said. Coming in right after the worst season in the history of the franchise, I feel like that if it wasnt rock bottom, it was pretty darn close. But theres a lot to feel good about.The players appreciated Weiss laid-back style, with All-Star third baseman Nolan Arenado giving Weiss credit for having the Rockies on the right track. Arenado said Sunday that Weiss is a manager that every player respects, everyone around the game respects. You dont find those people too often.The next skipper will be inheriting this: A batting champion in DJ LeMahieu, one of the games top leadoff hitters in Charlie Blackmon, an RBI monster in Arenado, another deep threat in Carlos Gonzalez, a star in the making in shortstop Trevor Story and a young but talented rotation led by Jon Gray.I do think we have a very talented team, Bridich said. Based on Walts comments over the last few weeks or months, he would agree with that and has agreed with that. Theres a really talented core at the major league level. We were able to graduate a number of young, very talented players and start their major league careers. There are certainly ways this team needs to improve.Chief among them will be shoring up a shaky bullpen that blew 28 saves chances. Colorado finished 24-36 in games decided by two runs or less this season.I like the group that we have. I think we are close, said Arenado, who led the league in RBI (133) and tied for the NL home run title (41). I want fans to know that so they dont lose hope. I feel bad. They come out every day, to see us lose the way we do sometimes. It upsets me. I want them to know that I truly believe were close.Weiss has long had strong ties with the organization, playing four seasons for the Rockies from 1994-97. He also served as a special assistant to the general manager for seven years from 2002-08.On Sunday, Weiss made his way around Coors Field to say so long to Rockies fans for the season.Turns out, his farewell was for good, too. Patrice Bergeron Bruins Jersey/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> . Ronaldo produced a spectacular individual performance on Tuesday, scoring all three goals and guiding Portugal into the next years World Cup in Brazil with a 3-2 victory in Sweden. 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Also Wednesday, Gilles Simon (6) of France beat Donald Young of the United States 6-4, 6-3, Ukraines Alexandr Dolgopolov downed Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 6-3, 6-4 and Croatias Ivo Karlovic defeated Dudi Sela of Israel 7-6 (4), 6-2.Jos Buttler was dismissed in eye-catching style in the IPL, with Chris Lynn taking a stunning juggling catch on the boundary. Kolkata Knight Riders star Lynn grabbed the ball, threw it back onto the field of play as he fell over the ropes and then leapt back to catch it and send Mumbai Indians batsman Buttler on his way for 15.Lynns joy was short-lived, however, with Kolkata going on to lose by six wickets as Rohit Sharma notched a classy 68 not out from 49 balls and Kieron Pollard biffed a brutal unbeaten 51 from 17 balls.Mumbais triumph came despite a sloppy showing in the field, with Mitchell McClenaghan shelling a dolly of a return catch early on and  Tim Southee dropping Yusfuf Pathan twice in two balls at the death. 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/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal">Christian Horner says Max Verstappen demonstrated he is a team player at the German Grand Prix by not holding up Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo at a crucial point of the race. 

Brad Kaaya Youth Jersey/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> .Verstappen rounded off a double podium for Red Bull at Hockenheim, finishing third behind Ricciardo. The teenager had beaten Ricciardo into Turn 1 but Red Bull then split its drivers strategies in a bid to stay ahead of Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg.Ahead of their final stops and with Rosberg set to serve a five-second penalty, Verstappen allowed Ricciardo, on the faster, super-soft tyre, to pass him without a fight. That move earned team boss Horners praise.He has demonstrated beyond any doubt that he is a team player, Horner said. The way the two drivers operated, they both had great starts, Max on the outside; Daniel gave him just enough room to work with, which is what I asked for in the briefing [on Sunday morning], and then they ran different strategies. We fitted the super-soft, the new tyre, on to Max at the first stop to try cover Rosberg. And took a different route with Daniel fitting the soft tyre.And then after Rosberg had picked up his penalty, the objective was very much to insure that we got both the drivers ahead, so whilst Daniel was on the faster tyre and closing very quickly on Max, we asked that he release him quickly rather than lose time fighting each other to insure that both of them were able to get ahead of Rosberg with his five-second penalty.Max immediately did that efficiently, and [the double podium] is a result of great team work between the whole team including the two race drivers.Rosbergs penalty was a controversial one, coming after he had lunged in deep on the inside of Verstappen earlier in the race, forcing the teenager to take evasive action and drive off the road. Horner thinks Rosberg would have escaped a penalty if he had shown more of an attempt to slow his car down.I think you can argue its a racing incident but if hed locked up all four wheels there would have been a puff of tyre smoke -- maybe then he would have got away with it. The problem was it looked like he stopped and then kept going, as if he was off to Cologne.Thats probably what caught the attention of the stewards but thats down to them, not us. Teez Tabor Womens Jersey/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> . -- Adam Snyder returned to the San Francisco 49ers this season because the offensive lineman thought it was his best opportunity to win a championship. Jalen Reeves-Maybin Lions Jersey/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> . -- Cam Newton pranced into the end zone, placed his hands over his chest and did his familiar Superman pose. http://www.shopdetroitlionsnfl.com/lions-michael-roberts-black-jersey//>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> . "I wrote 36 on my sheet at the beginning of the game," the Cincinnati coach said, referring the yard line the ball would need to be snapped from. CLEVELAND -- Miguel Cabreras head shook in anger after he was ejected in the sixth inning on Tuesday night.The call on the field could have caused Cabreras outburst, but his frustration might have also been centered around another looming loss for Detroit to Cleveland.That didnt help (the situation), being down seven at the time, playing the Indians, manager Brad Ausmus said of Cabrera. Its the second game of the series, we lost the first one, none of that helped.After the 12-1 defeat, the Tigers have lost to the Indians in each of the 11 meetings between the teams this season, as Cleveland has outscored Detroit 77-24.Ausmus doesnt feel that theres much of a mystery involved when looking at the 11 straight games his team has lost to Cleveland this season.Theres nothing baffling, Ausmus said. Its not like we havent played good baseball. Theyve just played better.While the Tigers are cognizant of their struggles against the Indians, Ausmus feels theyll forget their failures before Wednesdays series finale.When we take the field tomorrow, I promise you those guys are not thinking of the previous game, Ausmus said. Its a new game. Anyone can win on any given day.The play when Cabrera was ejected came in the sixth, when he grounded to third baseman Jose Ramirez, who threw to first for the out. Cabrera stood in the box and did not run to the base, as he thought the ball hit off his foot and was therefore foul.Ausmus came out of the dugout to argue. The umpires briefly met and the out call stood. Still carrying his bat, Cabrera angrily protested the ruling and was ejected for the eighth time in his career.While Ausmus said the umpires explained to him that they simply didnt see the ball hit Cabreras leg, he found that the missed call could actually have a positive effect on the slugger and the Tigers. Brad Kaaya Womens Jersey/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal">. .It was actually a silver-lining, Ausmus said. We have an early game tomorrow. He probably wouldve been out of the game anyways.Anibal Sanchez (5-9) was forced to start for the Tigers after he was relegated to the bullpen, as previously scheduled starter Jordan Zimmermann was placed on the 15-day DL with a strained neck on Monday.Over just 4 1/3 innings, Sanchez allowed seven runs, five hits and four walks, allowing his ERA against Cleveland to balloon to 10.13 in 18 2/3 innings this season.Carlos Carrasco (5-2) allowed just one run and three hits while striking out five over six innings. Detroits lone run came on an RBI single from Victor Martinez after Cabrera was ejected in the sixth.Lonnie Chisenhall accounted for two hits and an RBI off Sanchez, before finishing the game 4 for 5 with two singles, two doubles and three RBI. Since June 21, Chisenhall is 23 for 54 with four doubles, three home runs and 13 RBI.ANOTHER ALL-STAR?Cabrera was the lone member of the Tigers named to the American League All-Star team on Tuesday night, but he could be joined by Ian Kinsler, who is up for the final vote.Vote for him, Ausmus said of the second baseman. He deserves it.TRAINERS ROOMTigers: Zimmermann will visit a specialist about his neck injury. ... LHP Daniel Norris (strained right oblique) was placed on the 15-day DL on Tuesday.UP NEXTTigers: Rookie RHP Michael Fulmer (8-2, 2.17 ERA) has allowed one run or less in each of his last eight starts in which hes 6-1 with a 0.53 ERA.Indians: RHP Josh Tomlin (9-1, 3.21 ERA) has won all three starts against the Tigers this season. Cheap NFL Jerseys/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> Cheap NFL Jerseys China/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> Cheap Jerseys From China/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> Wholesale Jerseys China/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> Cheap NFL Jerseys China/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> NFL Cheap Jerseys/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> Cheap Jerseys/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> ' ' '

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Chris Duvall Jersey/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> . -- At first glance, it seems a bit odd to hear Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly talk about how quarterback DeShone Kizer isnt playing up to expectations.The 6-foot-4, 230-pound junior is coming off a career high for passing yards, throwing for 381 in a 38-35 loss to Duke. He is on pace to break school records for passing efficiency (167.6) and for points responsible for per game (24) on an offense that is averaging 37.2 points a game -- just below the school record of 37.6 points set in 1968.So why was Kelly talking about the possibility of playing sophomore quarterback Brandon Wimbush, who he hoped to redshirt this season, following the loss Saturday?Because Kizer had a sloppy fumble that led to one Duke touchdown and took a sack that led to a third-and-20 play where he threw an interception that led to the game-winning field goal. Kizer also threw another pass a Duke cornerback dropped.Kizer, who led the Irish to nine victories and a No. 11 ranking last season, has lacked the spark that ignited Irish comeback victories last season against Virginia, USC and Temple and near misses against Clemson and Stanford.The biggest reason Kelly is unhappy with Kizers play, though, is because the Irish, who started the season ranked No. 10 with national championship aspirations, are 1/3 heading to play Syracuse (2-2) at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.His standard of play is not where we want it to be for him, Kelly said. If he was a first-time starter or he didnt set the pace that he had set last year, maybe the standard would be a little bit lower. But he has set a standard of play that we believe he needs to meet and exceed every time he goes out there.Kizer agrees he hasnt played up to expectations. He believes he has been trying to do too much, saying he has been trying to emulate Peyton Manning and Tom Brady both on and off the field.I wanted to come up here and talk to you guys as if I was the head coach of this team. But Im just the quarterback. All Ive got a do is go out and do whatever the guys upstairs are telling me to do and thats it, he said.Kizer hasnt been able to come up with the big plays when he needed to against Texas, Michigan State and Duke. He said his biggest problem has been hes not getting the Irish in good position in early downs in the final minutes. He also said that when opposing defenses give him a new look hes been overthinking.You lose your mechanics. You might rush some things. Youve got to shy away from that, he said. Ive got to focus in on my fundamentals, trust in what I see and rip the ball.He said his focus this week as the Irish try to turn their season around is on trying to have fun.Hopefully youll see a little more of that. Because if we are out there having fun and playing the way we know how to, well go out and well start winning games, and those smiles and those moments will come back, he said.---Online: AP college football website: collegefootball.ap.org Matt Miazga Red Bulls Jersey/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> . The Cincinnati Reds remain perfect with their speedy rookie outfielder in the starting lineup. Kemar Lawrence Jersey/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> . Batiste, who briefly signed with the Eskimos in 2006, has spent time with several NFL teams including the Pittsburgh Steelers and Washington Redskins. http://www.redbullsmlsshop.us/Connor-Lade-Red-Bulls-Jersey//>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> .ca. Kerry,  Just watched the shootout in the Coyotes/Leafs game and I have to ask, why was the James van Riemsdyk goal allowed to count?  All of the video replays we were shown on TV were inconclusive about whether the puck had entirely crossed the line or not. Economic uncertainty following Britains decision to leave the European Union has seen Wales bin plans to stage the 2026 Commonwealth Games, officials said.The countrys economy minister Ken Skates said the Welsh Government will not be bidding to host the international sporting event, which last came to Wales in 1958.Opposition parties in the Welsh Assembly panned the decision -- with the leader of the Welsh Conservatives calling the ruling Labour Party pathetic.However, Mr Skates insisted rising costs and the economic fallout from the the UKs decision to leave the EU meant a Wales bid was not financially viable.He said: A feasibility study ... sets out total projected costs for a Wales bid of between £1.32bn and £1.54bn.Such costs would involve a huge additional financial commitment from Welsh Government over three Assembly terms.Given the high cost and the current funding uncertainty following the vote to leave the EU, we have reluctantly concluded that the bid for the 2026 Commonwealth Games is not feasible.Scotland was the last home nation to host the Commonwealth Games in 2014 -- and an official report estimated the Glasgow-based event was worth £740 million to the economy.There have been been growing calls in recent times for Wales to put its name forward for the games, with Paralympic legend Tanni Grey-Thompson lending her support.Mr Skates said over the past four years the Welsh Government -- along with other sports bodies in Wales -- had undertaken in-depth work looking at whether a 2026 bid was viable.He added that despite the decision not to put Waless name into the hat, officials work had not been wasted.He said: It has highlighted the need for us to undertake a review of sports facilities in Wales with a view to increasing our spread of world class venues.Such venues would benefit the local community and the elite athlete, whilst also increasing our capacity to host major events.We have some big sporting events to look forward to, with the UEFA Champions League final being held in Cardiff next year and thee Volvo Ocean Race coming to Wales in 2018. Marius Obekop Red Bulls Jersey/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal">. .We will continue to work to attract further high profile sporting and cultural events to Wales.Commonwealth Games Wales, which had worked on the feasibility study, said it was disappointed by the decision.Chairwoman Helen Phillips said: A lot of hard work has gone into preparing what was a full and detailed review of feasibility which would have led to a compelling bid.Despite this decision, we hope that some of the planned benefits for the whole of Wales can still be achieved under an Active Wales vision and that the work that has been conducted will be used to inform a bid in future cycles.However, Ms Phillips said the organisation fully understood ministers reasons given the recent economic uncertainty.But Plaid Cymru -- the second largest party in the Welsh Assembly -- lambasted the Welsh Governments decision and added it was further proof of the Labour administrations lack of ambition.Shadow economy secretary Adam Price said: Rather than show resilience and send a clear message that Wales can weather the Brexit storm, the Labour Government seems to be resigning to the fact that the challenges facing our economy are insurmountable.If anything, the UKs decision to leave the European Union should be an incentive, not a deterrent, to taking bold steps to attract new investment to Wales.And Welsh Tory leader Andrew RT Davies, who had also supported a bid, was also angry at the decision.He said: Its pathetic the Welsh Government is once again attempting to use Brexit as a smokescreen to disguise a lack of ambition and imagination.Having jumped on the bandwagon of Welsh sporting success over the summer the Welsh Labour Government is now abandoning the stage.Clearly a bid would have come at great cost, but over the extended period the economic, social and sporting benefits to Wales would have been huge.This is a sad day for Welsh sport. Cheap NFL Jerseys/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> Cheap NFL Jerseys ChinaCheap Jerseys From China/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> Wholesale Jerseys China/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> Cheap NFL Jerseys China/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> NFL Cheap Jerseys/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> Cheap Jerseys/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> ' ' '

/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal">MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Timberwolves finally built a lead too big to lose. 

Chris Godwin Jersey/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> .That their first victory of the season came against a weakened lineup mattered little after two stinging road losses to begin the year.Zach LaVine scored 31 points and hit five 3-pointers, and the Timberwolves led by as many as 40 points in a 116-80 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday night.Gorgui Dieng scored 17 points for the Timberwolves (1-2), who led by 17 points in the opener against Memphis and 18 against Sacramento before losing both games.More focus. Stop messing around, LaVine said of the difference. We know what we did the last two games. Dont let it happen again.Memphis coach David Fizdale decided to rest Mike Conley and Marc Gasol on the front end of a back-to-back that finishes at home on Wednesday night against New Orleans. Tony Allen made his season debut for the Grizzlies after missing the first three games of the season with a right knee injury.Conley and Gasol are both coming off surgeries, so the Grizzlies are playing it safe in the middle of a four-game in five-night stretch.We just thought it was best that tonight, you know, we rested them and then you load up and you try to get a win at home tomorrow, Fizdale said.Memphis shot just 36.5 percent and turned the ball over 22 times.Rookie Kris Dunn had 10 points, six assists and five steals in his first career start after Ricky Rubio sprained his right elbow in their last game. Andrew Wiggins scored 17 points and Dieng shot 8 for 9 one day after signing a four-year, $64 million contract extension.When the ball moves and the spacing is good, were going to score, Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau said.Deyonta Davis led Memphis with 17 points.The Timberwolves shot 55 percent for the game, including 60 percent from 3-point range (12 for 20) against a Memphis team missing the grit and toughness that gave the Wolves so many problems on opening night.Zach Randolph played just 10 minutes after bullying the Wolves for 19 points and 11 boards in Game 1 and Vince Carter only played 15 minutes.I guess everything is a learning experience, but especially coming in here and being down at the margins that we had been, it doesnt make any sense even with Marc and Mike not playing, Grizzlies rookie Wade Baldwin said. Guys got to play better.TIP-INSGrizzlies: Allen had four points and four rebounds in 19 minutes. ... Memphis hit 11 of 24 3-point attempts to erase that big deficit in the season opener, but hit just 4 of 24 from long range on Tuesday night.Timberwolves: Karl-Anthony Towns had 11 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. ... With Dunn starting for Rubio, it gave the Wolves four players in the starting lineup age 22 or younger. Thats the third time it has happened in franchise history.CARTERS MILESTONESThe 39-year-old Carter played in his 1,278th game, tying him with A.C. Green for 25th on the NBAs career list. He also surpassed 24,000 points with a runner in the lane in the third. He ranks 25th in league history for career scoring.I plan on using him all year in different ways, Fizdale said.JONES STEPS UPOne of the intriguing subplots entering the game was who would be elevated to No. 2 point guard behind Dunn. Thibodeau kept four point guards on the roster, including second-year man Tyus Jones and veteran John Lucas III, who played for Thibodeau in Chicago. 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/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal">PHOENIX -- Near the end of the 2015 season, Torey Lovullo took over as interim manager of the Boston Red Sox while John Farrell battled cancer. 

Cheap Dodgers Jerseys/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> .It was an experience, he said, that made him a little more prepared to be a full-time major league manager. But Lovullo promised to stay on as Red Sox bench coach for the 2016 season. He said he wanted to make sure John was OK before taking a managers job.The opportunity came when he was named Arizona Diamondbacks manager on Friday.The Diamondbacks introduced Lovullo, their third manager in four seasons, at a Chase Field news conference Monday. He has a familiar boss. Former Red Sox assistant general manager Mike Hazen was hired as Arizona general manager three weeks ago.For me, it really couldnt have worked out any better, Lovullo said. Coming from the organization that I came from, I learned a lot of special things from some really talented people. Certainly my connection with Mike was something I never wanted to lose.The moment Hazen was hired, Lovullo became the odds-on favorite to get the managers job. But Hazen insisted their relationship was not the overriding factor in the hiring.This was a process, Hazen said, a strong process, where we had a lot of strong candidates with different backgrounds, different levels of coaching experience, managerial experience. But ultimately Torey was the one who came out on top.Hazen and Lovullo replace Dave Stewart and Chip Hale, who were fired after the team went 69-93 last season.Im not going to get blinded by the fact the team won 69 games, Lovullo. `Im more excited about the type of players we have, the culture that were going to try to set here in the clubhouse and dugout.The 51-year-old new manager said the team has a nucleus of great players.I am very optimistic that we have the capabilities of doing something very special, he said. As I told one player on the phone, I want to be able to have us all tell a great story at the end of the 2017 season.Lovullo noted that the 2016 Diamondbacks were at or above league average in just about every offensive category.He had much less to say about the pitching. Arizona ranked last in the majors with a team ERA of 5.09.I havent done anything other than look at the numbers, Lovullo said.He called himself an active listener and planned to talk to more players soon.Im not sure what it was like here in the past, Lovullo said, but what theyre going to talk about and what theyre thinking about is going to matter to me.He brings an American League attitude to the NL West.Once I get a feel for our guys and our personnel, we will determine what type of team were going to be, Lovullo said. But I do like an offensive team, Im not going to lie.With the two hirings, the Diamondbacks are something of a Red Sox West.The Boston Red Sox are a special organization for a lot of reasons, Lovullo said. But all those key things we watched on a day-to-day basis there in Boston, yes we want to bring them here to Arizona, but we want to make them a little bit better.Lovullo played for UCLA, where he was a two-time Pac-10 player of the year. His father is television producer Sam Lovullo, whose shows include Hee Haw, which had a 20-year run. The son went a different direction.I think baseball chose me, he said. ... It really meant something special to me when I started to play and just had this incredible love for the game.Lovullo played parts of eight seasons in the majors.He spent nine seasons as a minor league manager before Farrell hired him as first base coach in Toronto. When Farrell went to Boston in an unusual trade, he took Lovullo with him as bench coach. Lovullo held the job for four seasons, including the World Series championship year of 2013. After Farrell was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma, Lovullo led the Red Sox to a 28-20 record. With the disease in remission, Farrell returned last season with Lovullo by his side.Boston went 93-69 and won the AL East. That record is the exact opposite of the team Lovullo inherits in the desert. Cheap Dodgers Jerseys China/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> .4 million title. Ryan Riess emerged with the title after a session in which he started behind, but used expert skill to gather the chips to his side amid the unpredictability of no-limit Texas Hold em. Riess put his final opponent Jay Farber all-in with an Ace-King. Cheap MLB Jerseys Authentic/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> . 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One tough season coaching a roster full of dead-legged journeymen and still-learning rookies gets you fired these days. "Coaching has never been valued less and blamed more," said ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy, former coach of the Knicks and Rockets. "Failure gets you fired and success gets you fired." While the ground all around them has never been more unstable, the last two coaches standing this season have found the kind of level footing that has become increasingly rare. The San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat, tied 2-2 in the NBA Finals heading into Sunday nights Game 5, have become the models for stability and managed to rise above the chaotic fray engulfing much of the rest of the league. "I think its a terrible state for the profession right now," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "We see it differently, the San Antonio organization and the Miami Heat organization. (To have) true success in the NBA you must have consistency of culture. When you see that type of turnover over and over and over, its impossible to create any kind of sustainable consistent culture." The Nuggets, Clippers, Grizzlies, Bucks, Nets and Hawks all fired their coaches after playoff runs this season. The Bobcats fired Mike Dunlap after one season on the job, while Mike Brown made it all of five games into his second season with the Lakers before he was run out of town. Brooklyn owner Mikhail Prokhorov fired two coaches this season -- Avery Johnson less than a month after he was the Eastern Conference coach of the month and P.J. Carlesimo after the Nets lost to the Bulls in the playoffs. "Its disappointing that Lionel Hollins takes his team to the Western Conference finals and they are going to go in another direction," Hall of Famer and ESPN analyst Magic Johnson said last week about the situation in Memphis. "You cant get better than Lionel Hollins, and you cant get better with what you have; just a tremendous season. "Do I like whats going on today? No." Warren LeGarie represents some of the biggest names in the coaching business, including Hollins. He said he doesnt see a crisis brewing, but he does believe periods of upheaval like this "are going to become more common than not." "No matter what, youve got to keep your seat belts fastened because theres a lot of turbulence out there," LeGarie said. "I tell my guys to try to improve their relationship with the front office as much as possible and keep the lines of communication open. No one likes surprises." George Karl led the Nuggets to the playoffs in all eight of his seasons and earned coach of the year honours this year after helping a starless team set a franchise record with 57 victories. He told The Denver Post that he thought the decision to fire him was "very stupid," and Gregg Popovich wont argue with him. In his 117th season as coach of the Spurs, Popovich is the longest tenured coach in the league. Cheap MLB Jerseys/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal">. . The manic approach that many NBA owners take to changing coaches, in his eyes, runs counter to the philosophies that made many of them successful in other pursuits. "As you think about it, it seems like it would apply no matter what your business is," Popovich said. "If you can have continuity, a good group, a team, so to speak, and all that that entails and keep it in a continuous manner so that it grows more or less upon itself, within itself and the knowledge and understanding continues to grow you have a pretty good understanding. You can deal with adversity and you cannot get too pumped up about success but just enjoy it and realize how fleeting it might be. "But the change, change, change, change, change thing doesnt really work. You can see that in a lot of organizations." Spoelstra has only been on the job five seasons, but that makes the baby-faced 42-year-old a relative grey beard in this business. He is the third-longest tenured coach in the league behind Popovich and Bostons Doc Rivers. It all starts at the top, with Spurs owner Peter Holt and Heat owner Micky Arison long considered two of the more level-headed owners in the league. Arison has worked with President Pat Riley since 1995, while Holt, GM R.C. Buford and Popovich have been the power trio in San Antonio since 1997. "The continuity I think breeds, it breeds trust, it breeds camaraderie, it breeds a feeling of responsibility that each member holds towards the other," Popovich said. "The ability to be excited for each others success, not to develop territory and walls, but to stay participatory. To be able to discuss, to argue and come out at the end on the same page with the same passion and the same goals." "And I think without continuity thats pretty impossible, because all the immediate tendencies of instant success starts to take over and that just breeds failure." The tranquility, and volatility, seems to trickle down to the players. Before coming to the Heat three years ago, Chris Bosh spent seven seasons in Toronto. He played for three different coaches and five different general managers in that time and only made the playoffs twice. "Ive been a part of organizations where the GMs and coaches have been like musical chairs," Bosh said. "Its hard to get stability. The players are in and out. Here its comforting to know you can work with the same people and get to know the same people." If there was any team that could be tempted to bow to public pressure it is the Heat. Playing under a white-hot spotlight ever since LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Bosh teamed up in the summer of 2010 has brought unparalleled scrutiny. 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/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal">SAN ANTONIO -- Egor Koulechov made all six of his 3-point attempts for a career-high 35 points as Rice pulled away late to beat Incarnate Word 87-79 on Saturday.

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A person familiar with the leagues finances but not authorized to discuss them said the cuts are 50 percent, and follows two pay periods where direct deposits to some players arrived several days late.The leagues coaches, general managers and paid staff are not affected, Rylan said. Most of the leagues front-office employees are volunteers.Teams have a $270,000 salary cap with player salaries ranging from $10,000 to $25,000.We fell short on some projections, and we had to pivot and make a business decision, Rylan said on a conference call Friday. Unfortunately, we had to make this decision to save the season.Its a decision we did not take lightly. It came after trying everything we could from a business perspective to avoid it. Were doing everything we can to build the league, and sometimes that means taking a step back -- a step I have not wanted to take.The cuts, Rylan said, ensures the league will complete its 21-game regular season and the playoffs. (Teams have played between four and six games so far.) But the league did not consult with the NWHL Players Association.And the timing, more than a month into the season, angered many players.New York Riveters captain Ashley Johnston said the players had no inkling this was coming before Thursday night, when Rylan informed them by phone and email.To hear its something that needs to happen is a tough thing to hear, Johnston said on the same conference call as Rylan. Its kind of like going through different stages of mourning. Youre sad. Youre frustrated. All the things that you would expect.Said Rylan: The players reacted pretty emotionally. It was difficult news to receive. But many of them reached out to me directly, asking how they could help.Rylan offered one piece of encouraging news: Dunkin Donuts, the leagues first corporate sponsor, pledged an additional $50,000 to go directly to salaries.We believe in the league and we believe in the opportunity to give these women a chance to succeed, said Tom Manchester, the firms vice president of field marketing, in a telephone interview. As a sponsor, its not about dasher boards and signnage and traditional marketing elements. Cheap Wizards Jerseys/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal">. We genuinely want these women to succeed in a sport where the men get paid a lot more money to play. We want these women to get an equal chance.The NWHL launched last season with great fanfare and expectations as the American answer to the Canadian Womens Hockey League, which paid bonuses but not salaries. U.S. national teams stars Hilary Knight, Meghan Duggan, Brianna Decker and others eagerly signed up even though NWHL founder Rylan remained secretive about the leagues financial underpinnings. Only three investors were ever publicly identified, the first being Joel Leonoff, a Canadian entrepreneur whose daughter Jaimie tended goal for the Connecticut Whale.Players said the league met every payroll. But there were rumblings about late payments to vendors and venues. Former chief marketing officer Mike Moran sued the league and Rylan for breach of contract to recover a $200,000 investment. Last February the league cut ties with George Spiers, another executive and investor. Three franchises switched arenas after last season, leaving only the Buffalo Beauts in their original home.This season is considered pivotal for anyone aspiring to play in the 2018 Winter Olympics. Twelve U.S. national team players are skating in the league, including Knight, Duggan, Decker, Kelli Stack and the former University of Minnesota star Amanda Kessel. The league also features 10 Canadians, one Austrian and one South Korean.NWHL contracts allow players to opt out for virtually any reason, though its not clear whether any will. At this point, most have no other place to play.CHWL commissioner Brenda Andress did not immediately respond to an email asking if NWHL players would be welcome in her league.This is the place where we all want to play, said Johnston, who is not on the national team. Were all invested in this league. We all want to see it succeed.It would be easy right now for everyone to pack up their bags and go home, but Im never one to really think that the easy thing is the right thing to do. Its going to be figuring out the next step, where we go as a team and a league as a family from here.Though Rylan believes the league will ultimately succeed, the pressing need for more sponsors and investors puts that in doubt.After yesterdays news, it would be pretty foolish of me to guarantee anything, she said. But we have every hope and expectation the league will be around for many years to come. Cheap NFL Jerseys/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> Cheap NFL Jerseys China/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> Cheap Jerseys From ChinaCheap NFL Jerseys Authentic/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> Wholesale Jerseys China/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> Cheap NFL Jerseys China/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> NFL Cheap Jerseys/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> Cheap Jerseys/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> ' ' '

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Im sure it was a great moment that Marcus was having, fully immersed in the magical glow of the here and now.But hey, he was just standing there and Ive known the dude forever, so I asked the question anyway. Is there going to be a Battle at Bristol 2?Well see, Smith, 43, said with a smile. Theres a lot of debriefing to do with a lot of people. But I certainly do think theres interest.Theres no doubt about that. Zigzagging between in-game and postgame chats with everyone from ESPN executives to ACC/SEC reps to the family behind the games title sponsor, the Haslams, there was not a frown to be found. I think this was the perfect storm, said Big Jim, company founder and an offensive lineman on Tennessees 1951 national title team coached by Robert Neyland. These two teams from these two states at this place, thats hard to beat.Yes, it is. And that might be the problem.While Butch Jones stood alongside the games fittingly over-the-top trophy, he said, This experience ... itll never be replicated. Itll never be duplicated.A few minutes later, the Tennessee coach clarified his comments. Jones said he was speaking of the thrill of what he believed would be deemed an inaugural event. The trick will be recreating that inaugural thrill.It was always going to be these two teams, said just-retired Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer. He beamed while sitting on a golf cart shortly after being recognized to the thunderous applause of Hokies fans. When the schools were first approached by the racetrack, Beamer, a NASCAR fan, was immediately on board. But Tennessee required more convincing. Theres no better way to get this area energized than these two teams, Beamer said. So, do you make this an annual rivalry? You certainly could. But I also bet other schools watching this tonight are probably thinking, man, wed like to get in on that.But who else would be as perfect as the marquee programs of the two states that literally split the host town of Bristol in half? Would Alabama fans travel to Thunder Valley, USA, for a game against, say, Clemson? Would Ohio State loyalists come south to see the Buckeyes take on, perhaps, Georgia?A big chunk of those visitors are gonna need to camp out. With Vols and Hokies fans, all of the above was a given.The Battle certainly wasnt without its issues. The crush to cram all of those people through the racetracks gates was downright scary at times. But NASCAR crowds typically arrive in more of a daylong stream, not a football-style The gates are now open! type of rush. Before Saturday nights game was over, track employees were already kicking around ideas on how to relieve that pressure. The complaints about sightlines and the distance from the field seemed largely reserved to those at the game in a working capacity. Media members and broadcast crews found it challenging to follow the football from such a distance.But Speedway Motorsports Inc. has plenty of experience when it comes to dealing with such issues. Over the past quarter-century, it has opened new racetracks, all larger than Bristol, and added new events to those facilities. Some of those inaugural events were flawless. Others were indisputable disasters. Those disasters were all quickly smoothed over. I know. I lived through a couple of them, before and after.The Battle at Bristol was nowhere near a disaster. It was a smash. Just ask the people who were on the field, even the ones who lost. I think the event in its entirety was fantastic, said Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente. For what its worth, I thought it was a beautiful setting and beautiful arena to play in.Thats worth a lot. As will be the inevitable discussions about what comes next.Theres a lot of talk to come about the future, Marcus Smith said before heading out of the infield. But weve got a lot more to do here tonight first.Bristol is also good at trolling.??Michigan rightfully tweet-bragged about its attendance Saturday at The Big House, drawing 109,295, its 267th game with 100,000-plus attendees. Then the Battle at Bristol account replied, Thats cute a few hours before it announced a crowd of 156,990. The single-game record that was broken by the racetrack was 115,109, set at Michigan vs. Notre Dame in 2003.This weeks version of The SEC is dying! The Big 12 went 0-2 vs. the MAC over the weekend. In the first two weeks of the season, the Big 12 has been handed Power 5 losses by Stanford, Arkansas, Arizona State and Houston. Wait ... sorry, Houston isnt a Power 5 team yet. Thatll change when they join the Big 12.Ridonculous Stats Department, Part 1. Running back Kalen Ballage of Arizona State scored eight touchdowns against Texas Tech, seven on the ground and one receiving, tying the 26-year-old NCAA record held by Howard Griffith of Illinois. However, Griffiths big day came against FCS (then I-AA) opponent Southern Illinois. Ballange also tied Griffith and five other players for the most points scored in a single game with 48. But again, he was the first FBS player to do it against an FBS opponent. The other players on the list were all from Division II and III programs.Ridonculous Stats Department, Part Deux. Even with an extra day to process the Friday night performance of Louisville QB Lamar Jackson vs. Syracuse -- 610 yards of offense and the first FBS player with at least 400 yards passing and 175 rushing in one game -- I still cant wrap my mind around it.Ridonculous Stats Department, one more time. If youve read Flipping The Field all year (and thanks if you have), then you know I have a bit of a San Diego State fixation. Last week, we told you to keep an eye on the Aztecs home game against Cal. It didnt disappoint. SDSU won a wild one, 45-40, to extend the nations second-longest winning streak to a dozen games. Weve also told you to keep an eye on running back?Donnel Pumphrey. He also didnt disappoint, rushing for a 2016 FBS-best 281 yards, moving him past?Marshall Faulk to become the schools all-time leading rusher ... and they still have 10 regular-season games to go! Speaking of teams on a roll ...Were going streaking! If you were surprised that Florida whipped Kentucky, then you dont know a ton about SEC football history. The number wizards at ESPN Stats & Info tell me that the 45-7 win was the Gators 30th consecutive triumph over the Wildcats, the fourth-longest streak in an uninterrupted series in FBS history. The record is Notre Dames 43-year dominance over Navy, a streak that ended in 2006. Ohio States 48-3 mugging of Tulsa marked the Buckeyes fourth consecutive 40-point performance, the fourth time the team has put together such a streak under Urban Meyer. All other coaches in the history of the program have managed only three such streaks ever, one each under John Cooper, Earl Bruce and Woody Hayes. Meanwhile, Michigans 114 points is the most for the program through two games since 1914. The team record was set in 1892, when the Wolverines scored 142 points in back-to-back games with the Michigan Athletic Association club team from Detroit. Not surprisingly, the Michigan A.A. did not book a rematch in 1893.Get in the car, Frank ... Auburn never punted during its 51-14 win over Arkansas State, the first time the Tigers attempted zero punts in a game since 2005. Last weekend, Cheney University, a D-II school in Pennsylvania, snapped a 43-game losing streak by defeating Lincoln University in overtime. Alas, their winning streak was much shorter. On Saturday, they lost 79-3 to California University of Pennsylvania.Why the long face? Because its his game face. My man was hydrating early for Boise States visit from Washington State.?Tommy West Coachs News Conference of the Week: James Conner, RB, Pitt. Conners comeback story, back from injuries and cancer, has inspired a wave of national attention. But the buzz within the Keystone State all week was produced via a perceived slight from Penn State, which seemed to not be super enthusiastic about the revived rivalry with Pitt after 16 years off. After a dramatic, back-and-forth showdown, Penn States furious fourth quarter came up short and the Panthers won 42-39, the most points ever scored by Pitt in their 97 meetings. Conner arrived to the media room not alone but surrounded by teammates hed insisted come with him, including the offensive linemen who paved the way for his 117-yard, two-TD afternoon. Nearly every word out of his mouth seemed pointed at Happy Valley. This is a day me and my brothers, all hundred of us, will never forget. This is an awesome day, an awesome rivalry. Its awesome for them to bring it back after such a long time, and Ive got the big dogs in here with me ... because this is total team effort. Later, he added a line that might very well end up on T-shirts by the end of the week: This is our state now.Speaking of rivalries ... What was it that made Week 2 so awesome in the end? Games like that one. The weekend was packed with rivalries that might not register like an Ohio State-Michigan nationally, but are regional bonfires. Im speaking of Iowa-Iowa State, which wasnt a great game, but also Pitt-Penn State (great game), Boston College-UMass, Middle Tennessee-Vandy, New Mexico-New Mexico State (great game), Wazzu-Boise State (great game) and the most underrated rivalry in college football, BYU-Utah (great game). More on one of those games coming up ...Danny Ford Scientific Rocket Quote of the Week: Nick Saban, Alabama. When asked about a couple of visible, intense sideline arguments with offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin during the Tides 38-10 win over Western Kentucky, Saban replied, Those were no arguments. Those were ass-chewings.Yeah, its early in the season, but ... The competition for best helmets of 2016 might already be over, even during a weekend when TCU went with a sweet, chrome purple and Arizona State trotted out a gorgeous, full-forked design. But Air Force showed some bite that cant be beaten. During their 48-14 trouncing of Georgia State, the Falcons celebrated their very own version of Shark Week, wearing lids emblazoned with the legendary shark tooth design made famous by the Flying Tigers squadron of World War II and more recently A-10 Warthog tank busters.?Speaking of the academies ... Its the first time since 1996 that all three service academies have started 2-0. Navy honored injured QB Tago Smith by wearing No. 2s and reached 2-0 with a win over UConn. But heres the shocker: Navy and Air Force are joined in the undefeated department by the longtime distant third service academy team. Army has already matched last seasons win total by knocking off Temple and Rice. Both of those teams are Owls. Is it too late to schedule FAU, Kennesaw State and Bryn Mawr?Weston Steelhammer Name of the Week: Speaking of competitions that were over before theyd even started, the greatest name in college football belongs to Steelhammer, Air Forces hard-hitting safety. In honor of him, were going to scour the rosters of the 128 FBS teams and find other monikers worthy of mention. First, well call this our Almost Famous guy. Thatd be Dom Maggio,?a?punter at Wake Forest. He isnt quite a DiMaggio or Dom DiMaggio, but is a little bit of both. During Saturdays Tobacco Road win over Duke, Maggio booted it seven times for an average of 46.4 yards per punt.That time we all outrushed UMass: Last week, some Minutemen fans sent me nasty correspondence after I included them in the Bottom 10, despite a valiant effort in The Swamp. This week in the Battle of the Bay State, UMass rushed for minus-23 yards and lost 26-7.Frank Reich Backup QB Of The Week Award: Ellis Knudson, Towson. The Tigers of the FCS Colonial Athletic Association started their home opener vs. St. Francis by promptly giving up an 89-yard defensive touchdown. Then their starting QB, Oregon transfer Morgan Mahalak, was knocked out of the game with a shoulder injury. With seconds remaining in the first half, St. Francis was up 28-10. No problem. Backup QB Knudson trotted onto Johnny Unitas Field and threw for 301 yards, including a 43-yard TD pass to wideout Christian Summers that broke a tie in the closing minutes and iced the 35-28 win. Summers finished with 232 yards receiving. Knudson finished a Towson hero.Comeback of the Week Award, also named for Frank Reich: Same!The Guy You Should Know About, But Probably Dont: Cooper Rush, QB, Central Michigan.?Rush shows moments of legit talent with moments of brilliance, and his stats Saturday were going to be off the charts no matter how badly the refs officiated. His final line vs. Oklahoma State: 30-of-42, 361 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT. Rushs No. 1 target was tight end Tyler Conklin, who had seven catches for 96 yards and a pair of TDs, including one of the sickest one-handed grabs youll ever see. In 2015, he had six catches for 95 yards the entire season. And in the most awesomely #MACtion thing youll read today, Conklin is a transfer athlete from Division II Northwood University, where he played ... basketball.The Team You Should Know About, But Probably Dont: East Carolina. There were many in Greenville feeling crushed when the Pirates were the first team revealed as being cut from the Big 12s expansion shopping list. But honestly, the Bucs have always done their best work as an underdog. On Saturday, they defeated NC State in one of the rawest rivalries that most of the nation doesnt know a whole lot about. (Trust me on this. I grew up around this. Some of the most impressively awful fights Ive ever seen were as a kid trying to get out of the Carter-Finley Stadium parking lot after an ECU-NCSU game.) ECU fans live for knocking off Power 5 schools -- particularly ACC schools. Everything that has been said about Pitt-Penn State when it comes to the dramatically changing fortunes of the coaches applies every bit to ECU-NCSU. Since Dave Doeren took over at NC State in 2013, the Pack have won only six ACC games. Over that same span, East Carolina has also won games against six ACC schools ... and ECU is an AAC school. Im thinking that stat might come up during lunch at barbecue joints all over eastern North Carolina this week. Oh, by the way, ECU is also now 2-0 and will continue its Ignored Stepchild Grudge Match Tour with a trip to South Carolina next week and Virginia Tech for Week 4.The Game You Should Be Psyched For But Probably Arent: North Dakota State at Iowa?(Saturday, noon ET, ESPN2): The Week 3 slate is l-l-l-loaded. I visited Norman, Oklahoma, back in August, and everyone was already buzzing about the Houston game to the point that an athletic administrator said to me, Damn, I dont even know if people realize we have Ohio State coming in here three weeks in! Talking to College GameDay producers, they said there has rarely been a week with so much debate about where to do the show because there were so many juicy options. Ultimately, the overwhelming showings by Louisville and Florida State were too much to ignore. Youd also be wise not to ignore the goings-on in Iowa City, when the FCS juggernaut Bison will have a chance to knock off not only a ranked FBS team, but a squad that came within a point of making the 2015 College Football Playoff. If youve ever been to Fargo or simply know someone with ties to the NDSU program, then you know this is just the kind of day that place lives for.Extra Point: On a personal level, the Battle at Bristol experience kind of felt like a game Id been training for my entire adult life. For those of you who dont know, I also cover motorsports for ESPN and have for 20-plus years now. Over that time, Ive not met many people -- and certainly no superstars -- as genuine as Dale Earnhardt Jr. The Bristol Motor Speedway has always been one of his best racetracks and is also one of the places where his father crystalized his Intimidator persona. Unfortunately, Dale Jr. hasnt been behind the wheel since mid-summer and wont return for the remainder of the 2016 NASCAR season because of ongoing concussion-like symptoms. Just one week ago, he held his first public news conference, sitting with his boss, Rick Hendrick, and his doctor to update his condition. During that Q&A, he was very honest about the depression and frustration involved with being out of his car and with the ongoing processes of healing. Earnhardt and his doctor both talked about how important it was to his recovery to get out of the house and into public and do things that challenge his mind. Well, it doesnt get more out into the public or more challenging than taking the College GameDay stage and making your Saturday picks in front of thousands of screaming fans and millions of television viewers. So earlier in the week, he called me to go over his choices. Some were based on facts, and others were based on family (his fiancée is a former Kentucky cheerleader, so he couldnt pick Tennessee over Virginia Tech). But the best part was seeing the smile on his face before, during and after the trip to Tennessee to sit with Rece, Desmond, Coach and Herbie. I could tell it was providing Dale with a much-needed boost to both his mind and spirit. Thats a great thing. Hes one of the good guys. Cheap Red Sox Jerseys/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> .com) - The Chicago Blackhawks aim for their third three-game winning streak of the season when they host the struggling Edmonton Oilers in Sundays battle at the United Center. Cheap MLB Jerseys/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> . The Nashville Predators were glad their captain was still on their side. Weber had a goal and two assists, and Roman Josi scored the shootout winner to lift the Predators to a 4-3 win over the Flyers on Thursday night. http://www.cheapredsoxjerseys.com//>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> . At a news conference Tuesday where it was thought that the fiery Schallibaum may be shown the door after a dismal finish to the Major League Soccer season, team president Joey Saputo said no decision has been made on whether the Swiss Volcano will be back in 2014.ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The noise Josh Hamiltons bat made when it connected with Edward Mujicas changeup was music to his ears, and those of his Los Angeles Angels teammates. Hamilton hit a tying two-run homer in Los Angeles three-run ninth inning, and the Angels rallied for a 6-5 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night. "It was just a good feeling to hear that sound come off your bat," Hamilton said. "... It couldnt happen on a better day for the crowd on the Fourth of July. They got a little more fireworks and a little more bang for their buck than they thought they were going to get. It was cool. "Anytime you can contribute like that, especially in the late innings and have a comeback like that, its a pretty special feeling." Mark Trumbo belted his 19th homer and Mike Trout had two RBIs for Los Angeles, which took two of three in the series. Scott Downs (2-2) got three outs for the victory. "Whether we won that game or not, this team never gives up," Albert Pujols said. "I mean, weve got 12 or 13 position players that really compete every day. Our bullpen threw the ball well to keep us in the game." St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright, the NL pitcher of the month for June, took a 5-3 lead into the ninth before giving up a leadoff single by Pujols, who was 1 for 11 in his first series against his former team. Manager Mike Matheny then brought in Mujica, who had converted 21 of 21 save opportunities this season. But Hamilton drove the right-handers second pitch into the centre field trees for his 11th homer, extending his hitting streak to nine games and raising his average to .226. "Players Ive talked to about him said hes not afraid to throw his split five or six times in a row because thats his go-to pitch. So hes going to stick to what has been working for him," Hamilton said. "I didnt try to do too much with it. I didnt try to yank it or anything like that -- just hit it back up the middle." Howie Kendrick and Trumbo followed with singles, and Mujica (0-1) retired his next two batters before Erick Aybar drove in the winning run with an opposite-field single to left. Aybar had three hits and scored a run for Los Angeles. Mujica acknowledged that he shook off batterymate Yadier Molina on the ill-fated pitches to Hamilton and Aybar. "I made two big mistakes. I didnt follow Yadier on a couple of pitches, and that was the ball game," Mujica said. "He called for a fastball on Hamilton and I threw the changeup. On Aybar, he called for a fastball again and I decided to throw my changeup. I threw a couple good changeups and got two popups so I figured Id go with my best pitch." Wainwright, the only Carddinals pitcher averaging at least seven innings per start, defended Mathenys decision to take him out after 104 pitches. Cheap Boston Red Sox Jerseys/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal">. His season high is 120, on May 11 in a two-hit shutout against Colorado. "Weve always liked that situation. Hes the right guy in that situation," Wainwright said of Mujica. "Hes been great all year. Thats what happens when you let a leadoff guy on in the last inning. Thats on me, right there. I have to go out and get that guy out." Angels starter Joe Blanton gave up five runs, four earned, and nine hits in 5 2-3 innings. The right-hander, who signed a $15 million, two-year contract with Los Angeles over the winter, is 0-4 with a 5.17 ERA in nine starts this season at Anaheim Stadium. Blanton averaged 13 pitches through the first three innings while retiring nine of his first 10 batters. But just three batters into the fourth, the Cardinals pulled ahead 3-2 on a single by Carlos Beltran, a walk to Matt Holliday and Allen Craigs homer. Craig leads the majors with a .469 average with runners in scoring position. It was the seventh straight start in which Blanton gave up a home run. The Angels tied it in the bottom of the fourth on Trumbos drive to centre. But the Cardinals got the run back in the fifth on Matt Carpenters sacrifice fly, and then made it 5-3 in the sixth on a two-out RBI single by Daniel Descalso that chased Blanton, who has given up a major league-worst 135 hits. The Angels opened the scoring in the third on a two-out, two-run single by Trout, after Wainwright gave up singles to Alberto Callaspo and Aybar, and J.B. Shuck advanced them with a sacrifice bunt. NOTES: Hamilton, the only player in the Angels starting lineup who had faced Wainwright previously, was 0 for 2 against him after coming in 3 for 7. ... St. Louis Jon Jay played his 227th consecutive game in centre field without an error, breaking Curt Floods franchise record for any outfield position. ... Holliday was back in the Cardinals lineup as the designated hitter, going 0 for 3 with two strikeouts and a walk after missing two games because of a pinched nerve in his neck. ... Trout leads the Angels with 55 RBIs, just two fewer than he had through his first 84 games last season, when he finished with 83 and was named AL rookie of the year after spending the first month of the season at Triple-A. ... RHP Lance Lynns next start for the Cardinals will be Sunday at home against the Miami Marlins. He has two chances left to become the sixth pitcher in Cardinals history to post at least 11 wins before the All-Star break in consecutive seasons, and the first since Joaquin Andujar (1984-85). The others were Dizzy Dean, Bob Gibson, Mort Cooper and Gerry Staley. Cheap NFL Jerseys/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> Cheap NFL Jerseys China/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> Cheap Jerseys From China/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> Wholesale Jerseys China/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> Cheap NFL Jerseys China/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> NFL Cheap Jerseys/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> Cheap Jerseys/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> ' ' '

/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal">BALTIMORE -- All that has transpired for the Baltimore Ravens this month has put them in position for, as safety Eric Weddle put it, A December to Remember. 

Brian Sutter Blues Jersey/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> .The Ravens followed a winless October with a 3-1 November, capped by a 19-14 win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.Baltimore (6-5) climbed back into a tie with Pittsburgh atop the AFC North with five games to go.We have to win every game, we feel, this last stretch, Weddle said.The Bengals (3-7-1) feel the same way. The difference is, that might not be good enough to get them into the postseason for the sixth consecutive year.We have been able to control it ourselves. Now we need help, coach Marvin Lewis said.After spending five straight Decembers fighting for playoff position, Cincinnati is now in a situation where one more loss may end its postseason hopes.It starts to wear on you, cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick said. Im a winner. Ive never been in this situation. But at the end of the day, when youre a competitor you keep competing, especially when your back is against the wall.Some things we learned about the Ravens and Bengals on SundayERFECT AND IMPERFECT: Ravens kicker Justin Tucker has been perfect in 11 games this year. After connecting from 52, 57 , 54 and 36 yards, Tucker is 27 for 27 and has made all 15 of his conversion attempts.It was the 11th time Tucker has kicked at least four field goals in a game. Baltimore is 10-1 when that happens.To be on this kind of roll is good, but it doesnt end today, Tucker said. Hopefully this is something that would help carry our team all the way to the playoffs.Tuckers counterpart Sunday, Cincinnatis Mike Nugent, missed his third straight extra point try (over two games) and has misfired on four of 23 conversion attempts this year.TIPPING HIS HAND: A handful of Andy Daltons 22 incompletions came when Ravens defenders tipped his passes at the line of scrimmage, sending spirals everywhere but toward their intended targets.Since Dalton stands 6-foot-2, it seemed like a concerted effort by the Baltimore defense to simply reach for the ball instead of applying an all-out rush.Id have to watch (film), but my guess is they werent rushing as much, just putting their hands up, Dalton said.Dalton was sacked three times and lost two fumbles. In his defense, he played without injured wide receiver A.J. Green and running back Giovani Bernard and was backed by a running game that could muster only 64 yards on 20 attempts.ELVIS IN THE BUILDING: The return of Elvis Dumervil was a big factor in Baltimores strong defensive effort.Playing in his third game of the season and for the first time in five weeks, the Ravens sack specialist stripped Dalton of the ball with just over a minute left to seal the victory.It was a great start, Dumervil said. Im still a little rusty, but Im fine-tuning things and hopefully I can be peaking at the right time.The road back from foot surgery has been difficult for the five-time Pro Bowl linebacker. Dumervil missed the first three games of the season before seeing action in back-to-back games in early October. That was it until Sunday.For him to play so well is satisfying for him, Im sure, coach John Harbaugh said, but its really satisfying for me and everyone else.MISSING MAN FORMATION: With Bernard (ACL) out for the season and Green (hamstring) sidelined, the Bengals offense looked elsewhere for production. Halfback Rex Burkhead averaged 5.8 yards on each of his five carries against the NFLs top rushing defense, and wide receiver Tyler Boyd made five catches for 62 yards.It felt good to get out there, get your hand on the ball and get some touches, Burkhead said. I feel like I could have played better. Im never satisfied. I always look for ways to improve.KOCHS BIG DAY: Tucker wasnt the only special teams star for the Ravens. Punter Sam Koch averaged 44.4 yards per kick and dropped four of his five punts inside the 20.He also ran the clock out on the final play, prancing around in the end zone while his teammates literally held off the Cincinnati rush.Koch eventually ran out of the end zone for a safety. There were multiple Ravens holding on the play -- intentionally -- because a game can end on a play that features an offensive infraction.---For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP-NFL. Kevin Shattenkirk Jersey/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> . Luis Suarezs double powered Liverpool to a 4-0 victory over Fulham, and Southampton easily overcame Hull 4-1 to continue the south coast clubs impressive start to the season. Liverpool and Southampton sent Chelsea down to fourth place as the west London club was held to 2-2 at home. David Perron Blues Jersey/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> . The CFLs leading rusher kept adding to his gaudy numbers this season and scored the winning touchdown with just over two minutes to play. The New Westminster, B.C., native plowed three yards into the end zone for the last score of a heated, see-saw battle between the two teams with the best records in the CFL. http://www.officialbluesnhlshop.com/wayne-gretzky-jersey//>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> . William Carrier opened the scoring for Cape Breton (6-4-2), but Andrew Ryan tied the game and Brent Andrews put the Mooseheads (8-6-0) in front for good with a short-handed goal at 13:49 of the second period. DURHAM, N.C. -- Wake Forest and Duke have been getting it done on defense.The instate Atlantic Coast Conference rivals meet Saturday in their league opener, and both have defenses that have been overshadowed by offenses that were at opposite ends of the spectrum during their openers.Neither team allowed a touchdown in opening-game victories, with Wake Forest beating Tulane 7-3 and Duke taking care of North Carolina Central 49-6.The challenge is twofold, Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson said. Weve got to get better (on offense) from Week 1, and weve got a challenging group to do it against.The Demon Deacons (1-0) were strong on defense , allowing Tulane a field goal on its opening drive and nothing else. The 280 total yards they gave up was misleading because they didnt get much relief from an offense that struggled to stay on the field -- especially in the second half, when the offense ran just 26 plays and gained three first downs.Duke (1-0) put up even better numbers against a Championship Subdivision opponent. The Blue Devils gave up just 112 total yards -- the fewest ever surrendered by a David Cutcliffe-coached team -- and both field goals by the Eagles came after Duke turnovers. Central didnt have a drive longer than six plays or 21 yards.But that was against a low-level opponent. The stakes go way up this week, because this earlier-than-usual result will show up in the league standings.You learn quickly the lesson of intensity, Cutcliffe said, so were anxious to see if we practice and play with an ACC intensity.---Some things to know about the Wake Forest-Duke rivalry:- QB CONCERNS: Clawson is sticking with his two-quarterback system , starting junior John Wolford but bringing in sopphomore Kendall Hinton. Vince Dunn Blues Jersey/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal">. Neither one was particularly sharp in the opener, with Wolford throwing for 79 yards and Hinton rushing for a team-best 24 yards with the games only touchdown. He says their numbers would have been better had the Demon Deacons receivers pulled in some catchable balls against Tulane, adding that the bottom line is, we didnt make those plays and as a result, we were not as productive on offense as we need to be.- KEEP UP WITH JONES: Duke QB Daniel Jones is coming off one of the best debuts in Duke history. He threw for 189 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for another score while amassing a passer rating of 216.51 -- a school single-game record for freshmen.- STREAKY SERIES: Its been Dukes turn to dominate this Tobacco Road rivalry. The Blue Devils have won four straight in the series, including last years 27-21 decision in Winston-Salem, after the Demon Deacons reeled off 12 wins in a row from 2000-11.- CAM CAN, CANT HE? Wake Forest needs to get its best player the ball more often. TE Cam Serigne managed just three catches for 15 yards against Tulane. Serigne entered the season with 100 catches during the past two years, leading the team with 54 in 2014. Maybe facing Duke will help -- he has 11 career receptions and two touchdowns against the Blue Devils, and his only 100-yard game -- a five-catch, 135-yard effort -- came in last years meeting.---Follow Joedy McCreary at http://twitter.com/joedyap. 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